Play Two and Call Me in the Morning

This week was full of work, various chores, getting travel in order; a typical stressful week. I wasn’t sure I would be able to get everything done and so rightfully I was stressed out a bit.  Yet, I noticed that while I was casually playing some mobile games in line at the bank, I started to feel a little better.  Did you know that there is a scientific basis for this?

A 2009 study published in the Journal of Cybertherapy and Rehabilitation found that when comparing two groups of individuals — one that was primed by playing casual video games and one that was not — there was a significant increase in mood in a similar way to normal psychotherapy.

This might be why we see a lot of people playing and enjoying simple, addictive games — they help reduce everyday stress. Some developers have even built games with the sole intention of helping prevent panic attacks. At any rate, don’t forget to play your mobile games — a play a day keeps the doctor away.

Best,
Adrian

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slither.io

Steve Howse

Why Play? This wonderfully addictive game is a hybrid of the classic game Snake combined with the multiplayer gameplay from Agar.io. By slithering around and eating powerups, you become larger and you need to avoid the players with Snakes larger than yours.

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Warbits

Risky Lab

Why Play? While this isn’t the most original title in the world since it’s a very close relative of Advance Wars, the introduction of asynchronous multiplayer and the clever tag match system coupled with a fun solo campaign make this a worthy download.

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Steve – The Jumping Dinosaur

Ivan De Cabo

Why Play? The gameplay is dead simple, but this free game download is worth checking out simply because it’s a game that lives entirely in the iOS Notification Center at the top of your phone screen. Steve the Dinosaur runs along a path and you tap to have him jump over cacti. Hit one, and game over.

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Marvel Avengers Academy

TinyCo

Why Play? Marvel has teamed up with TinyCo to bring us Avengers Academy, a character-driven city builder that boasts an impressive voice cast of Hollywood actors. While the gameplay is standard for F2P building games, the engagingly written character dialogue and blockbuster VO talent set this title apart— something that’s becoming hard and harder to do in the crowded mobile landscape.

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CompulsionLoop is AC+A’s (adriancrook.com) weekly pursuit of providing a Featured List for those in the games industry. A look at the latest must-play apps, along with short, useful takeaways from our team of game design and product experts. If you have a game that you think your industry colleagues should try, we’d love to hear about it at games@compulsionloop.com. Don’t forget to tell us why industry insiders should be compelled to try out the game (see what we did there?).

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Thank you for reading and we look forward to helping you discover more games that you can glean learnings from. Feel free to reply to this email or contact games@compulsionloop.com — we’re always happy to hear from you.

Have a great week!

- Adrian Crook www.adriancrook.com